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Brilliant Hollywood Movies Based On Mental Illnesses!

Written by: Chaitra

Majority of us unaware of the deadly mental illnesses that one can be victim to. We either lack enough knowledge about that tend to ignore. Today, we will take you through a few brilliant Hollywood movies based on mental illnesses.

There are several factors to appreciate about any movie based on mental issues. From the plot to the acting. To come with a story about people suffering from a certain kind of mental disorder or the mental disorder itself a hard task.

When the film-makers decide to make such a sort of movie, they need to spend months and years just studying and researching about the disorder in order to make the movie look as real as possible, and to keep in mind it doesn't offend anybody actually victim to it.

Some of the film-makers get inspiration by pretending to be a part of a person with a mental issue or literally living with them in mental asylums. Some of the creative minds choose substances to make them understand the concept better when under its influence.

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Then there are actors, who have a tougher task to handle while acting in such movies. They'll have to transform themselves to get into the character and feel the disease before enacting it. The efforts of the actors are varied from one another, but equally appreciable.

Actors like Christian Bale and Mila Kunis have starved themselves to match the characters in the movie. Some actors have gone ahead and shaved their head off or lived with animals to understand the characters better.

If this is the struggle one goes through to understand the disease, ever imagined how it feels to be the victim of such diseases that not only harm the person, bu there loved ones, too? These movies have really had a huge impact on the viewers' mind.

Below are some of the most brilliant Hollywood movies that beautifully showcase the lives of mentally disturbed characters:

Shutter Island

One of Leonardo DiCaprio's best movies Shutter Island is based on Schizophrenia. It has brilliantly shown the struggles Edward Daniels goes through.

Silver Lining Playbook

In the movie 'Silver Lining Playbook', Bradley Cooper's character suffers from Bipolar Disorder and Jennifer Lawrence is a victim of Depression.

Gone Girl

'Gone Girl' is a movie based on the novel of the same name that focuses on more than one mental disorder. The character Amy Dunne suffers from Munchhausen Syndrome, borderline personality disorder and Narcissistic Disorder.

Black Swan

Natalie Portman who plays the role of Nina in the movie 'Black Swan' suffers from Schizophrenia. She is also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' won all the five major Academy Awards! The movie is actually filmed in a mental asylum with real mental patients.

To Write Love On Her Arms

Though the movie focuses on the character's struggle with substance issue, it is paired with the issues of Bipolar Disorder. The combination of Bipolar Disorder and Substance brings goosebumps!

We Need To Talk About Kevin

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' was a super hit. The movie is based on a boy who is a Psychopath. The parents discover everything about him towards the end of the movie.


The movie is based on a girl adopted by a couple. They realize their adopted daughter has a condition called Hypopituitarism. She is an aged woman who look young. She kills many brutally until she gets killed in the end.

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